A Scottish hospital has issued nurses with pedometers in an effort to improve efficiency
The scheme is being run by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and aims to free up time for patient care and study how wards are organised.
The pedometers have been spread among nurses working across 23 wards in the health board.
Acute director of nursing Rory Farrelly said: ‘The phrase “a place for everything and everything in its place” is well known, and one that many of us try to practice in our homes. Now we’re taking that saying and applying it to our wards.’
Mr Farrelly explained that simple and effective measures to reduce lost time could be identified in the study.
He added: ‘A simple example is the location of the linen cupboard on the ward. On some wards, there will undoubtedly be wasted time walking long distances to get linen that is not within easy reach. This is time that would be better spent looking after patients.’